Founders ReDANKulous

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“reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA is a no frills, bold 9.5% ABV India Pale Ale. It pours a pleasing burnt amber with some sweetness due to the Caramalt and roasted barley used in the malt bill. But hops are the true headliner in this elaborate sensory experience. The spicy, piney, tropical complexities of Chinook, Mosaic and Simcoe hops hit you right away with their dank aroma—and they stick around. Take a sip to have your palate simultaneously walloped and caressed in all the right places. Combined, the hops take the beer to 90 IBUs. It’s not just ridiculous. It’s reDANKulous.”

Final Rating: 4.03/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Founders KBS goblet. Acquired as an extra in a trade.

Pours a very fitting, dark amber body which, when put up to light, is hazy with some sediment, definitely not filtered. Frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave heavy lacing and some retention. Nice looking beer.

The aromas are also true to the name, heavy dank hop resins, pretty piney, floral, rye, with heavy caramel malt in the background, some toffee and molasses.

On the tongue it’s exactly as expected, a nice medly of dank, piney, resinous hops with a heavy, sweet, malty caramel background, spicy hop oils, finished by a lingering oily bitterness that sticks on the tongue for a minute or so. Creamy, heavy body with medium carbonation. A little alcohol present but not too bad, still pretty drinkable.

This beer tastes just as expected – oily, resinous, dank, and a strong malt backbone. At 9.5% it packs a punch and is worth the price.

 

 

 

 

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Lawson’s Triple Sunshine TrIPA

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This lupulin-laden India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical character, bring floral aromas and exceptional layers of flavor. Store cold, pour carefully, then close your eyes and enjoy a tropical vacation in a glass.

Final Rating: 4.54/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Lawson’s tulip glass. Acquired in a trade. Most recent batch.

Pours a moderately hazy golden body with a big fluffy white head that sticks around for a while to leave some chunky lacing and retention. Looks nice.

Aromas are big and inviting with lots of floral hops, creamy citrus, piney, resinous dankness, grapefruit and rind. Maybe a hint of alcohol but not much at all.

Taste matches the nose with again, fresh floral hops, orange creamsicle, grapefruit, citrus rind, and a piney, lightly sappy aftertaste that leaves a hoppy bite on the tongue for half a minute. Carbonation is medium-low, body is creamy and rich, medium. Alcohol is very well hidden on the tongue, especially considering the 10.5% ABV.

Overall very solid and world class. I could drink this every day.

 

Bourbon County Proprietor’s Stout 2015

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Opened this special bottle for my birthday. This year’s Proprietors includes 3 of my favorite adjunct ingredients – maple syrup, toasted pecans and guajillo peppers.

Final Rating: 4.61/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured for my birthday from a 16oz bottle into a Goose Island tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a super dark brown nearly black, opaque body with a small brown head that reduces pretty quickly to leave little lacing or retention – very much like the other bourbon county beers.

Aromas are potent once it warms up and typical of BCBS with a little sweet maple added in there – tons of bourbon-caramel, vanilla, slight booze, maybe a little nuttiness, sweet caramel and chocolate.

First impressions on the tongue – sweet maple candy, rich chocolate cake, vanilla-bourbon-maple-caramel – wow, much better than others describe it as, so delectable. As it warms up the maple, sweet caramel, milk chocolate get more pronounced and the peppers show up on the finish. Not a ton of pecans but a slight nuttyness. Rich, thick mouthfeel, rich and delightful, low carbonation.

People say this is too sweet. I say it’s sweet, but appropriately so. I’ve had sweeter stouts with no balance, but this is sweet in all the right ways – it really showcases the maple and rich bourbon-chocolate that BCBS is famous for. The peppers are an added bonus and definitely don’t overtake anything.

 

Funky Buddha Last Snow

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“Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter is an ode to that special time in Florida where the needle dips just south of 75 – even for the briefest of moments. This rich, creamy porter is layered with coconut and freshly-roasted coffee for a taste that recalls a winter wonderland – even if, in our state, that’s just a state of mind. ”

Final Rating: 4.6/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Funky Buddha tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown body with cherry highlights with a light brown 2 finger head that reduces to leave spotty lacing and a ring of foam. Not thick and inky, very porter-like.

Aromas are mind-blowingly inviting! This is one of the best smelling beers I’ve ever had. Rich coconut, light coffee, and chocolate. Mostly coconut though. Tons of coconut.

On the tongue there’s more.. you guessed it, coconut, light coffee, milk chocolate, almond joy, and maybe some vanilla. Again, mostly coconut but not in a bad way, very delectable. Finish is subtly bitter, probably from the coffee. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but I can’t knock it because it’s a porter. Sip demanding. Medium carbonation.

Awesome beer. Surpassed my expectations. If you like coconut, you’ll like this.

Treehouse King Julius

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“The holiday season has a way of stirring up nostalgia. In late 2012, we brewed King Julius on our original Brew Magic brewing system – a whole ten gallons of it! Despite the size of the batch, the memory of it is enormous in our hearts. The thought of it brings us back to our cozy Brimfield barn, with the wood stove cranking, the record player spinning, Santa Dean mulling about, and Lauren and Kim filling growlers out of a modified chest freezer in a small nook under a wooden staircase. As we continue to move forward in our journey it felt like the perfect time to pay homage to our beginnings. King Julius is our endeavor to marry our past with what we aspire to be in the future. King Julius is an American Double IPA brewed to be an exceptionally flavorful, juicy, and hop saturated beer while never tiring the palate. It’s vivid citrus aromas give way to flavors of orange creamsicle, mango smoothie, and a bounty of fresh tropical fruit. We find it to be supremely soft in the midst of an onslaught of flavor. . . A beer we are quite proud of.”

 

Final Rating: 4.73/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a Treehouse tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery yesterday.

Pours an orange-juice like super cloudy body with a big, frothy off-white head that sticks around for a while, eventually reducing to a layer of foam, leaving dotty lacing. Really nice head.

Aromas have that typical Treehouse over-ripe fruit, super citrusy, tropical character, fresh hops straight out of the bag, grapefruit, tangerine.

On the tongue it’s a tad sweet upfront with lots of citrus / clementine, orange creamsicle, grapefruit, pineapple, and very little if any bitterness. A straight tropical fruit bomb.

Mouthfeel is creamy but there is zero indication of alcohol which is crazy considering this is 8.2%. A little low on the carbonation, I prefer a little more.

Just as great as I had expected. Honestly a little smoother than Julius.